Beliefs, Mission, Vision

Melissa Bly

Dear Parents, It is our privilege to welcome you to the Mason Early Childhood Center.  MECC serves Mason City Schools’ students in preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade. This setting provides a unique opportunity to meet the needs of every child based upon sound, developmentally appropriate practices and a wide variety of instructional programs.  MECC is committed to creating a welcoming culture and inclusive environment that reflects and supports the diversity of our students, their families and community. 

The MECC staff encourages parents to become actively involved in their child’s school experience.  We believe that when the home and school work together as collaborative partners, we can achieve shared goals for our children.

This handbook has been compiled to provide you with a readily available source of information regarding the operations of the school. We hope the information provided in this handbook will answer your questions. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of the MECC team.  We look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year.


Melissa Bly Vivian Alvarez Kelly Miller Blake Barnett
Principal    Assistant Principal    Assistant Principal    Assistant Principal


We Believe: 
•  Every child can learn and children learn in different ways.
•  Children learn by taking risks.
•  Learning is a lifelong process.
•  Parents are an integral part of their child’s education.
•  Success fosters a positive self-esteem and a positive self-esteem promotes learning.

View Mason City Schools Personalized Learning Guide


The Mission of the Mason Early Childhood Center is to educate the whole child within the context of a nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment.

MECC embraces the Responsive Classroom  approach to working with children.  It is a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community.  The goal of the Responsive Classroom philosophy is to create a safe, challenging and joyful classroom where children experience success both academically and socially.

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